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Become a Paralegal in Nevada

Las Vegas is known around the world and is undoubtedly the most famous city in Nevada. It is also the city that employs the most paralegals in Nevada, with 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports showing 1,520 paralegals and legal assistants in the Las Vegas/Paradise area alone; they made an hourly mean wage of $24.71, and as much as $70,000. The 240 paralegals employed in the Sparks/Reno areas made just slightly less, with an hourly mean wage of $23.39. Statewide, paralegals in the 90th percentile made $69,650 per year. The BLS also projects that there will be an 18 percent increase in paralegal positions nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

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*Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate degree in preparation for the Certified Paralegal Exam, or ready to advance your career with a master's degree in legal studies, accredited online programs make it easier than ever to get the education you need:

Not surprisingly, the four Nevada companies on Fortune 500’s 2013 list (Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts) are all in Las Vegas. These and other businesses all need legal services. Real estate companies, title companies, insurance companies, nonprofits, corporations, government entities and judicial systems are seeking to cut costs and incorporating paralegals into that equation is a way of bringing costs down while still obtaining knowledgeable legal support.

Nevada Paralegal Certification

At this time there is no mandatory licensing or certification for paralegals in Nevada.

Where to Earn Your Paralegal Certificate or Degree in Nevada

Paralegal Certificates

  • College of Southern Nevada

    The College of Southern Nevada‘s paralegal studies certificate of achievement is a 32-credit program for people who already have a two- or four-year degree. It covers substantive law, practical application of legal procedures, research methodology and practical legal knowledge, while emphasizing critical thinking and ethics. Students become proficient in software and other technology used in the legal environment. Graduates should be able to manage cases, demonstrate knowledge of legal procedures and draft legal documents. This program is a good pick for individuals who are already working and wish to increase their skills to advance their careers, or individuals who wish to change careers.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $2,704 for state residents; $2,976 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Associate degree or bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Information Systems
    • Fundamentals of Law
    • Civil Procedure
    • Law Office Management
    • Legal Research I & II

Paralegal Associate Degrees

  • College of Southern Nevada (SCN)

    The College of Southern Nevada offers a 63-credit Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies. Students learn to manage cases, understand legal procedures, develop critical thinking skills and apply these skills to research and case preparation. The program also introduces students to law office technology and software.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $5,814 for state residents; $19,370 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-semester tuition for full-time students)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; exceptions apply
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Ethics
    • Fundamentals of Law I
    • Law Office Management
    • Legal Writing
  • Northwest Career College – Las Vegas

    Northwest Career College‘s Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies prepares graduates to enter the workforce with paralegal skills desired by not only law firms, but also by businesses and government entities. General education courses are a hybrid of on-campus and online learning, including online lectures, discussion forums lead by faculty members and practical exercises in writing and critical thinking. This gives students some flexibility in completing their non-core classes. Core classes are held on campus and encompass interviewing skills, fact gathering, trial preparation, post-trial procedures and civil law.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $26,905 (based on 2013 full-program tuition and fees)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Hybrid (on campus and online)

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Law
    • Introduction to Paralegal Profession & Law
    • Contracts
    • Technology in the Law Office
    • Paralegal Ethics
    • Legal Research & Writing
  • Truckee Meadows Community College

    Located in Reno, Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education and has been preparing students for the workforce since 1971. They are proud that 95 percent of their students remain in Nevada, contributing to growth in the state. The faculty that tech their paralegal Associate in Applied Science program are licensed, practicing attorneys and certified paralegals. TMCC has a partnership with Westlaw and students learn to conduct research using this program. Preparation of legal documents and investigative skills are covered, and students acquire training in substantive and procedural law.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $5,577 for Nevada residents; $11,715 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 per-credit tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
    • ABA Approved: Yes
    • Format: On campus

    Sample required courses:

    • Introduction to Information Systems
    • Fundamentals of Law
    • Real Property
    • Case Analysis
    • Civil Evidence

Paralegal Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Post University

    Post University was established in 1890 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and now offers online programs that allow students anywhere to take advantage of the education it offers. The school was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 as having one of the Best Online Bachelors Programs in the country. Its online Bachelor of Science in legal studies explores the relationship between the law and business, government and society, while teaching ethical decision-making skills. Students earn a liberal arts education with a solid foundation in legal knowledge and practical skills.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $66,000 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: High school diploma, GED or successful completion of 16 hours of college prep courses
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • Legal Writing
    • Real Estate Law & Practice
    • Civil Litigation Practice
    • E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business

Paralegal Master’s Degrees

  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University‘s Master of Science in legal studies is designed to provide a foundation of legal doctrine and concepts. Students learn to recognize, analyze and address legal issues through courses that cover legal terminology, procedures and skills. Research and exam tracks are available. Students can also choose a concentration in education in the legal system, health care delivery, legal system and the media or state and local government, or opt for a general course of study. Active military and military veterans may receive reduced tuition.

    • Estimated Program Cost: $20,240 (based on 2013 full-program tuition)
    • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
    • ABA Approved: No
    • Format: Online

    Sample required courses:

    • Ethics and the Professional
    • Legal Research, Analysis and Writing
    • Applied Research in Legal Studies
    • Jurisprudence and Legal History

Additional Paralegal Educational Programs

  • Everest College

    Henderson, Nevada

    Degree Offered: Associate

Professional Organizations

  • The Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association (LVVPA) serves paralegals and legal assistants in the Las Vegas Valley. It is committed to promoting the advancement of the paralegal profession both locally and nationally and encourages high professional and ethical standards. Members benefit from job postings, networking on local, state, national and even global levels, access to continuing legal information, access to mentors, forums and events.
  • The Sierra Nevada Association of Paralegals (SNAP) serves paralegals in the Reno and Sierra Nevada areas. It encourages high levels of ethical and professional achievement, cooperation with bar associations and strong membership ties. Members can network at monthly meetings, have access to continuing legal education and can take advantage of job postings. Student members are welcome.
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